Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya was an Indian entomologist and naturalist who spent most of his career at Bose Institute, Kolkata. He had no formal college degree. In 1981, the University of Calcutta awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree months before he died. He was awarded the Ananda Puraskar for Bengali literature in 1968, and the highest award for Bengali literature, the Rabindra Puraskar, in 1975. He published his first research papers in 1932, on life events in the body of plants. Subsequently, he also published work on bioluminescence and other botany topics, but gradually his interests shifted to entomology. He became an expert photographer, and photographed many varieties of ants, spiders, small bats and tadpoles. In total, he published 22 papers in English, including in journals such as the Natural History of the American Museum of Natural History.
|Born:||August 01, 1895, Lonesing, Naria, Faridpur District, Bengal, British India|
|Died:||April 08, 1981, Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Institutions:||Bose Institute, Kolkata|
|Notable awards:||Rabindra Puraskar, 1975, Ananda Puraskar, 1968|
Credited with popularizing science in Bengal, he is best known for his studies in insects and metamorphosis. He was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar, Bengal's highest literary award, in 1975.
Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya Before Fame
He worked as a school teacher and published a handwritten literary magazine.
Achievement of Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya
The government of West Bengal started giving out a science award in his name in 2005.
Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya Family Life
His father, Ambika Charan Bhattacharya, was a village priest.
Associations of Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya
His article about bioluminescence, published in the popular magazine Prabasi, caught the attention of fellow sceintist Jagadish Chandra Bose.
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- Indian entomologists
- Recipients of the Rabindra Puraskar
- Recipients of the Ananda Purashkar
- 20th-century Indian zoologists
- Bengali scientists